Archives provide a tangible link to history and enable people to explore their own individual history, as well as that of their local area or country of birth, for example. Archives are also important for historical, sociological and scientific research and can be influential in enabling researchers and experts to piece together snippets of information. Archives represent a segment of history; it is important that they are kept in order to keep the memory of that era alive.
Many people of proud of their culture and heritage and are keen to gain more knowledge and insight into these subjects; archives enable people to investigate these matters and answer the questions they have.
Archives are important because they hold a record of policy changes and important Government activity; this is useful information for both the Government and the general public.